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Analysing An Astrologer´s Day – Task

This is an activity that our teacher of Language, Pilar Pando, tell us to make. I work with Juan Lutowicz.

Characters:

  • Astrologer: He don’t know much about astrology, but he is inteligent and manage to go on with his profession;
  • Astrologer’s wife: She is a secondary character, but helps him loading off his feelings;
  • Guru Nayak (Client of the astrologer): He happened to be the person the astrologer had stabbed and left for being dead when they were youngsters.

Plot:

The story begins with the description of the life of the astrologer. In the street he works  is full of other vendors such as medicine sellers,magicians,auctioneers of cheap cloth who conduct their individual trades creating noise all day. The man is not trained to become an astrologer and has little knowledge of the stars but he depends on his wits, his power of observation and his insight into the human mind. It is just practice, and some shrewd guesswork that help him. With experience, he has learned the tricks of the trade. One day, after having finished his daily business, he is about to leave for home when he sees a man close by and hoping to make him a client. The man demands the astrologer tell him something worthwhile about his future.Then he realize he was the one that he try to kill in the past. His name is Guru Nayak and the astrologer tells the client that he had been stabbed and pushed into a well presuming he was dead. Finally, Guru Nayak was satisfied with the answer, gives him some coins and leaves feeling happy at the thought that the man he wanted to kill is already dead. The astrologer comes home and tells his wife that a big load was off his mind that day because he had discovered that the man he thought he had murdered years back in his native village and because of whom he had left home, was in fact alive. He also realizes that Nayak had given him less money than he had promised.

Ironic Element:

When the astrologer’s client (Guru Nayak) didn’t realise that the astrologer, the one that had been talking for a long time was the one that in some past tried to kill him.

Setting in place:

The setting of place of the story is in India, when it said that the coin that Guru Nayak gave to the astrologer is a “rupee“. Also “Jaggery“, that is a traditional non-centrifugal cane sugar consumed in South India. This things said that the story probably is set in India.

Themes:

  • Irony and Fate;
  • Religion and Blind Faith;
  • Crime and Guilt; and
  • Human Greed.

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